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Molecular Phenomenon Discovered by Advanced NMR Facility

Cutting edge technology has shown a molecule self-assembling into different forms when passing between solution state to solid state, and back again - a curious phenomenon in science - says research by the University of Warwick.

Protein Structure Solved From Smallest Crystals Yet

An international team of scientists used an X-ray laser at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to determine the structure of an insect virus's crystalline protein "cocoon."

Breakthrough in 'Wonder' Materials Paves Way for Flexible Tech

Gadgets are set to become flexible, highly efficient and much smaller, following a breakthrough in measuring two-dimensional 'wonder' materials by the University of Warwick.

New Method Uses Heat Flow to Levitate Variety of Objects

Although scientists have been able to levitate specific types of material, a pair of UChicago undergraduate physics students helped take the science to a new level. Third-year Frankie Fung and fourth-year Mykhaylo Usatyuk led a team of UChicago researchers who demonstrated how to levitate a variety of objects--ceramic and polyethylene spheres, glass bubbles, ice particles, lint strands and thistle seeds--between a warm plate and a cold plate in a vacuum chamber.

Lightning Sensor Launch Saturday Brings Decades of Work to Fruition

In the mid 1990s, when NASA built two identical Lightning Imaging Sensors (just in case), Dr. Hugh Christian planned all along to send the flight spare into space. He just didn't expect it to take almost 20 years for that to happen.

Planeterrella Recreates Earth's Vivid Lightshows in Miniature

University of Iowa students have built a device to recreate Earth's auroras and other space phenomena in miniature. The planeterrella is the only one of its kind in Iowa and one of just a handful in the United States.

Old Rocks, Biased Data: Overcoming Challenges Studying the Geodynamo

Bias introduced through analyzing the magnetism of old rocks may not be giving geophysicists an accurate idea of how Earth's magnetic dynamo has functioned. A team led by Michigan Technological University shows there is a way to improve the methodology to get a better understanding of the planet's geodynamo.

Intergalactic Unions More Devastating Than We Thought

Scientists estimated the number of stars disrupted by solitary supermassive black holes in galactic centers formed due to mergers of galaxies containing supermassive black holes.

Extreme Waves, Melting Canadian Glaciers, Lionfish in the Gulf, and More in the Environmental Science News Source

The latest research on the environment in the Environmental Science News Source


Lightning Sensor Launch Saturday Brings Decades of Work to Fruition

In the mid 1990s, when NASA built two identical Lightning Imaging Sensors (just in case), Dr. Hugh Christian planned all along to send the flight spare into space. He just didn't expect it to take almost 20 years for that to happen.

Planeterrella Recreates Earth's Vivid Lightshows in Miniature

University of Iowa students have built a device to recreate Earth's auroras and other space phenomena in miniature. The planeterrella is the only one of its kind in Iowa and one of just a handful in the United States.

Next-Gen Dark Matter Detector in a Race to Finish Line

The race is on to build the most sensitive U.S.-based experiment designed to directly detect dark matter particles. Department of Energy officials have formally approved a key construction milestone that will propel the project toward its April 2020 goal for completion.

The Truth is Way, Way Out There

Jason Steffen, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at UNLV, discusses the ways in which exoplanet research have shaken up the theoretical models.

SDSC's 'Comet' Supercomputer Surpasses '10,000 Users' Milestone

Comet, the petascale supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), an Organized Research Unit of UC San Diego, has easily surpassed its target of serving at least 10,000 researchers across a diverse range of science disciplines, from astrophysics to redrawing the "tree of life".

Live Webcast to Focus on How the Financial System Is Shaped by Physicists

In a live webcast February 1, James Weatherall will tell the story of how innovative physicists and mathematicians have shaped global finance since the Second World War.

Neutrons and a 'Bit of Gold' Uncover New Type of Quantum Phase Transition

In a paper published in Physical Review Letters, a team of researchers led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory reports the discovery of a new type of quantum phase transition. This unique transition happens at an elastic quantum critical point, or QCP, where the phase transition isn't driven by thermal energy but instead by the quantum fluctuations of the atoms themselves.

A Quark Like No Other

A University of Iowa physicist is at the forefront of the search to confirm the existence of a particle believed to give mass to all matter. Her group helped build and operates a sub-detector to search for bottom quarks, which are thought to appear when a Higgs boson decays.

Brookhaven National Laboratory's Top-10 Science Successes of 2016

From advances in accelerators and experiments exploring the building blocks of matter and making medical isotopes to new revelations about superconductors, nanomaterials, and biofuels, 2016 was a year of accomplishment at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. Here are our Top-10 highlights.

Researchers Turn to "Citizen Scientists" for Help Identifying Gravitational Waves

Dr. Tyson Littenberg, a research astrophysicist at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and an adjunct professor in the Department of Space Science at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), is among a team of researchers who have launched "Gravity Spy," a crowdsourcing platform that tasks volunteer citizen scientists with sifting through LIGO data and identifying "families" of glitches that can be sorted by machine-learning algorithms.